Eskimos beat Ticats

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EDMONTON (CP) -- Andrew Nowacki and Kamau Peterson reeled in Rick Ray touchdown passes and the Edmonton Eskimos held on to defeat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 19-17 Saturday.
Edmonton (3-3-1) snapped a two game losing skid and moved aheadof Calgary for third in the Canadian Football League's WestDivision. Hamilton (1-6) remained two points back of Toronto forthird in the East with a 1-6 record.
Edmonton held a 3-1 lead after a lacklustre first quarter on a40-yard Sean Fleming field goal.The Eskimos had a good chance to add to their slim lead with fiveminutes to go in the second frame when Ron Warner crushed Ticats QBJason Maas and Edmonton recovered the ensuing fumble on the Hamilton37-yard line. But Edmonton was unable to do anything with the giftand ended up with a 4-1 lead on a missed field goal.
The Ticats came roaring back on their next possession, quicklymarching down the field and striking for a touchdown. Maas foundJason French on an eight-yard passing touchdown, giving Hamilton an8-4 lead with 1:37 to go in the half.
Edmonton regained their lead exactly one minute later as Ray hitNowacki deep in the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown and an 11-8halftime lead.
Hamilton's Jesse Lumsden was held to just five yards on fourcarries in the first half.
The Eskimos carried their momentum through to the third quarter,scoring on their first possession when Ray connected with Petersonfor a seven-yard touchdown and an 18-8 lead. A punt single byFleming put Edmonton ahead by 11 after the third quarter.
Hamilton ate into the lead just over five minutes into the fourthwith a 103-yard drive, finished off by a one yard plunge by Lumsden.The two-point convert attempt failed and the Ticats trailed 19-14.
The Ticats were able to get the ball back at the Edmonton 50 with2:21 remaining and got it down to the 27. Nick Setta kicked a fieldgoal to make it 19-17.
Edmonton was unable to take much time off the clock and gave itto Hamilton at the Ticat 23 with 1:02 remaining, but a drop on whatshould have been an easy catch by Chris Bauman and a couple keydefensive plays by the Eskimos allowed the home team to hang on forthe two point victory.
Both teams have a full week off before returning to action nextSaturday. The Ticats head to Montreal while the Eskimos travel toSaskatchewan.
Notes:

Edmonton had linebacker A.J. Gass in to contain Catsspeedster Jesse Lumsden, the league's rushing leader. Gass wassuspended one game for his helmet-throwing display last week againstSaskatchewan but was able to dress against Hamilton while Edmontonappealed the rulinga The Eskimos have had trouble getting going inmany games over the past couple seasons but have proven they canhold a lead if they have one. Since the start of the 2005 seasonEdmonton has now gone 16-1-1 when leading at the halfa Ricky Ray'sfourth passing attempt in the game put him ahead of Tracy Ham forfirst in passing attempts in Eskimo history. Ham had 2,433a Hamiltonhas been assessed over 100 yards in penalties in every game thisseason. Entering the match Edmonton wasn't far off, averaging 96yards in penalties per game.


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